I have yet to come off of a flight with hair I'm happy to spend the rest of the day in. It's always that awkward combination of being way too dry and way too greasy at the same time. Maybe it's because I haven't taken the time to sport any of the best travel-friendly hairstyles when I'm en route. My hair generally just stays down the whole time, making it more susceptible to not only the effects of the dry air associated with being inside any sort of vehicle for too long, but also the effects of my oily little fingers constantly adjusting and tucking stray pieces. So the result when I emerge at my destination is not cute.
And while a sleek and chic ponytail could usually come to the rescue in a hair crisis, unless you're still comfortable lounging with a hard knot on the back of your head, ponytails just don't cut it when it comes to travel-friendly hair. What we need is the yoga leggings of hairstyles. 'Dos that are cute and comfy, but still keep all hair secure and out of the way is what we need for travel. 'Dos like these:
1. French Braid
A French braid is great for travel because not only does it keep every single piece of hair out of your way, but when you reach your destination, you can undo it for effortless waves. If you're not super confident doing one on yourself, peep this tutorial.
2. Top Knot
Top knots are the ultimate greasy-hair day 'do, but they're also great for keeping your locks on lock while you travel. And because they sit so high on your head, you won't have to worry about messing it up when you're relaxing in your seat.
3. Fishtail Braid
Fishtail braids are so chic and simple. Just pass one section of hair from side to side (check out this tutorial for more in-depth instructions), and don't forget to tug on it for extra volume. This is another great style to undo when you arrive to achieve some beachy waves.
4. Low Pigtails
Tying off some low pigtails, or even braiding them, will keep your hair under control and out of the way. And it doesn't really get simpler than this.
5. Milkmaid Braid
For something a little more intricate that still won't get in your way, try Milkmaid braids on for size. Simply braid two low pigtails, and then pin them on top of your head.
6. Double Buns
When one top knot is not enough, add another! Pull your hair into high pigtails, and then wrap the ends of each as you would a regular top knot. Use bobby pins to secure your mini buns in place.
Your traveling hair-game is about to be so on-point.
Images: Pixabay; Miki Hayes